Legal Aid: Family Courts — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:02 pm on 13th December 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Deech Baroness Deech Crossbench 3:02 pm, 13th December 2010

I thank the Minister for that Answer. Is he aware that existing research shows that cases involving litigants in person take longer and are less likely to settle? The noble and learned Lord, Lord Neuberger, has said that mediation does not meet the case in every situation. It is also likely that more men will be able to afford lawyers and that more women will have to fend for themselves in these family law cases where the interests of children should be paramount. It is not right to leave parties legally unaided in these emotional and complex issues. Does the Minister really believe that these cuts will in the long term save costs and do no harm?